Increased reflection of solar radiation

Other Names:
Reduction in albedo of the Earth's surface
Human activity has increased the extent to which solar energy is reflected back from the Earth, thus modifying the global radiation balance. This has been achieved by the destruction of forests and desertification. The planetary albedo is also altered by the introduction of aerosols and particles into the atmosphere.
It has been estimated that the reflection of solar radiation may have increased by 1 W per square metre over the whole of human history, and probably by 0.2 W per square metre over the last 30 years. It is estimated that over the next 100 years this may be increased by from 0.3 to 1 W per square metre. The expected proliferation of solar collectors would contribute to this effect.
Broader Problems:
Degradation of the atmosphere
Global warming
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST